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5 Health Risks Men Should Avoid After 40

Knowing about several health conditions afflicting middle aged men and taking corrective measures now can help you avoid health issues.

5 Health Risks Men Should Avoid After 40

Maintaining your physical health becomes more important as you age

If you take better care of your car or favorite gadget than your body, you aren't alone. According to health experts and psychologists , when you are young, and age is on your side, you usually tend to take your health for granted. But as you age, you might have to pay more attention to your bodily functions and vital organs. A lack of awareness, weak health education, and unhealthy work and personal lifestyle have caused a steady deterioration of physical and mental well-being of men around the globe.

It's important to be aware about the common conditions facing men, such as cancer, depression, heart disease, and respiratory diseases as some lifestyle ailments strike the majority of men by middle age and can put you off track if you don't pay heed to the warning signs. While you cannot reverse all the symptoms, you can still lessen its impact on your body.

Here are some health problems every man should be aware off as they age, to control the impact:

1. Male pattern baldness

Nearly all men have some hair loss by the time they are in their 60s. However, the age the hair loss starts is variable. About three in ten men aged 30 years and half of men aged 50 years have significant balding. The causes of baldness may be many, but mostly its related to active work of hormones and heredity. Male hormones affect the hair follicle so that it gradually loses its ability to produce new hair and eventually dies. And if a man has a genetic predisposition to hair loss, baldness is almost inevitable. And it is interesting that in 75% of cases, hair loss is inherited through the maternal line, and only 20% - on his father.
 

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middle aged men suffer from baldness when hair follicle loses its ability to produce more hair
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2. Arthritis

While a few cases of arthritis may be seen in the below thirty age group, research has shown that arthritis predominantly affects the middle aged. Doctors, however say that the disease starts affecting your joints from as early as the late twenties, early thirties. Arthritis has been found to have a direct relationship with how active a person is and consequently the wear and tear of the joints. Hence, in modern times, it is increasingly affecting a very young population. Osteoarthritis involves the wear and tear of the cartilage and is found in the joints for a large percentage of those suffering from this condition. Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, is the swelling and inflammation of the joints that might lead to some amount of cartilage degeneration, as well. Daily necessary movement, ignoring active participation in sports, exercise, old injuries and a poor diet contributes to arthritis in the early 40's bracket. It is the combination of a genetic predisposition and the interactive environmental factors. As you cross the age of 35, its advisable to start preparing for potential aches and pains that might just seem to develop overnight.
Also read: Should you exercise with arthritis

arthritis pain joints

Arthritis leads to stiff painful joints
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3. Heart Disease

According to the CDC, heart disease remains the leading killer of adults. As a chronic condition, heart disease affects 37 percent of men , according to the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics. As people age, they're increasingly living with risk factors, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, that increase the chances of having a stroke or developing heart disease. Its significant to Exercise, eat well, get a good night's rest. Eating well means eating in a fashion that will allow you to keep a healthy weight with a well-balanced and healthy diet."

4. Prostate Cancer

The clinical term for a cancerous growth on the prostate gland is, 'Adenocarcinoma.' A growing prostate cancer may spread to the interior of the prostate gland and tissues near to the gland, as well as to other, more distant parts of the person's body. The hormones affect various types of tissues, including both glandular and muscular tissues, and affect men differently.Untreated prostate cancer can affect the man's lungs, liver, bones and additional parts of their body. When prostate cancer is confined to the prostate gland, it can often be treated successfully, making prostate examinations very worthwhile. Growth of the prostate involves hormones, not just prostate cells.
 

5. Erectile dysfunction

A man is considered to have erectile dysfunction when he has regular difficulty in getting or maintaining a firm enough erection to be able to achieve sexual penetration, or which interferes with non-penetrative sexual activity. Most men have occasionally experienced some difficulty with their penis becoming hard or staying firm, but this is not normally cause for a diagnosis of erectile dysfunction. This condition is only considered a concern if satisfactory sexual performance has been impossible on a persistent number of occasions for some time.

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